Who Can Be Held Liable in a Talcum Powder Injury Claim?
Talcum powder injury claims are product liability matters. In such cases, responsible parties may be held liable for an injured party’s losses that came about as a result of using a defective product. The product may be defective in any of three different ways: design defect, manufacturing defect, or marketing defect. Talcum powder products that cause injury to consumers fall under the category of dangerous or defective products.
In many product liability claims, the manufacturer is eventually determined to be the responsible party. However, liability may lie with any party along the manufacturing and distribution chain, including the product manufacturer, component parts manufacturer, assemblers, wholesalers, and retailers.
If you have been injured by a talcum powder product, get in touch with a talcum powder injury lawyer at Farah & Farah right away. We are currently investigating talcum powder injury claims nationwide. Our dedicated legal team addresses product liability cases and many other personal injury matters. We can evaluate your claim, assess the full extent of your losses, and determine which parties could be held liable for your injuries.
Talcum Powder Manufacturers Held Accountable
Injured plaintiffs have held liable and prevailed against two manufacturing giants with enormous verdicts in talcum powder injury lawsuits in 2015 and early 2016:
- Colgate-Palmolive: A California jury found in favor of the plaintiff and awarded $12.4 million in damages from Colgate-Palmolive to a woman with mesothelioma who claimed that long-term asbestos exposure from the company’s talcum powder product “Cashmere Bouquet” caused her injuries. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. Colgate-Palmolive was held 95% responsible in this case.
- Johnson & Johnson: Missouri juries awarded two different plaintiffs a total of $127 million in damages from Johnson & Johnson in cases involving ovarian cancer developed after long-term genital use of J&J talcum power products “Johnson’s Baby Powder” and “Shower to Shower.” In the first of these cases, the family filed a wrongful death claim after ovarian cancer caused the woman’s death. The family was awarded $72 million in damages. In the second case, the jury awarded $55 million to the woman who developed ovarian cancer.
Damages in Talcum Powder Injury Claims
Depending on the nature and extent of the injuries and the circumstance in a particular case, compensatory damages in a talcum powder injury claim may include:
- Medical expenses, past and future
- Lost wages and earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Reduced life expectancy
In certain cases in which the jury decides to punish the responsible party for outrageous conduct and to deter similar actions in the future, it may award punitive damages over and above any compensatory damages required to make the plaintiff “whole.” Punitive damages can significantly increase the value of a claim when awarded. For example, of the $127 million awarded to plaintiffs in ovarian cancer talcum powder injury claims against Johnson & Johnson, a total of $110 million was for punitive damages, while $17 million was awarded in compensatory damages.
If you have or suspect you have a talcum powder injury claim, it is important to speak with a lawyer as soon as possible. Contact Farah & Farah for a free consultation. Our tenacious talcum powder liability attorneys are determined to help injured women seek justice. We can be reached at (800) 533-3555.